Graduate Program Admissions


For admission to the Master's Program or the Doctoral Program in History, the department requires:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) predictive of success in the program. However, the GRE is just one factor that is often balanced by others. The GRE is now available both at traditional testing centers and remotely online (the latter with flexible scheduling allowing for testing most days and times, with official scores available 10-15 days following the exam). If you are unable to take the GRE, please let us know, and we can discuss the conditions under which a waiver might be available.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Vita (resume)
  • Writing sample
    • Writing samples are on average 20-30 double-spaced pages in length. Ideally, your writing sample will demonstrate how you analyze primary sources, engage with secondary sources, and make a historical argument or interpretive claim. 
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning the applicant has attended
  • Completed Application

Note: Successful Ph.D. applicants most commonly have an MA in history. We are open to PhD applicants with MAs in other fields as well as history-focused M.Div. programs. We do also consider applicants for the PhD who are applying directly from their undergraduate degree, but it is significantly less common for us to offer admittance to these applicants. 

How to Apply

Submit all application materials to the Graduate School through the electronic application process (see How to Apply on the Graduate School's Admissions page). You may complete the GoBaylorGrad portion of your online application there or by accessing it below:

Application Deadline

Applications are due December 1. Fall admittance only.


The department may modify these requirements in exceptional circumstances.